Morata talks about his pride about his new Spain captaincy role
Spain's new captain, Alvaro Morata, is eager to show his gratitude to the team's new coach, Luis de la Fuente, as they begin their campaign against Norway
Spain's new coach Luis de la Fuente has appointedAlvaro Morata
as the new captain of the team for their first match in charge. This comes after the retirement of the previous skipper, Sergio Busquets, and the coach's desire for a strong start to his tenure.
Morata is the most experienced player in the team's first squad, having played for the national team since 2014.Spain
will face Norway in their first Euro 2024 qualifier on Saturday.
"It's a pride and a joy,"
Morata said in a news conference
. "I'm looking forward to things going well and winning. I'm here to help the younger ones."
Morata has been impressed by what he has witnessed from De la Fuente, and he is convinced that he is not the only one to feel that way.
"I have been with different coaches and I see everyone very excited,"
"He likes to give affection to his players and work hard.
"We all have to win from playing and competing. The ticket for a European Championship and a World Cup is not easy, and we are all clear about what is important for us and that we have to always be at these tournaments."
De la Fuente is "enjoying and living an incomparable experience", but he knows the importance of the result against Norway.
"Any project has to start well,"
the coach said.
"It's not all about getting off to a good start, but I'd like to.
"It would give us more security and confidence. We are sure of that."
De la Fuente added:
"I'm very sorry for any footballer's injury. It is the ugly face of this sport. We also have injuries.
"That said, to say I'd like to see Haaland on the field tomorrow would be lying."
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